Level Up! Vol. 5 5
Baduk was invented several thousands years ago. It was one of the Four Great accomplishments that a gentleman was expected to learn: Geomungo (traditional Korean zitherlike instrument), Baduk, calligraphy and painting. Baduk represented a high social standing. In the late 20th century the fast industrialization gave ordinary people time to enjoy leisure activities. Thus the high society's culture became a mass culture and one of the important leisures. Furthermore Baduk helps adults' mental health, children's mind, concentration and thinking ability. In the 1990s Korea became one of the strongest nations in the Baduk world, the Department of Baduk Studies was established, Baduk TV etc, were founded, the cultural and educational foundations for Baduk in Korea were laid. Especially when more people got to know that Baduk helps children's education, it became an activity in a special education program at elementary schools. All over Korea the number of Baduk schools increased.
I became interested in Baduk education, founded a Baduk school and taught many children for 15 years. In order to teach Baduk to children well, I went to Myongji University and graduated in Baduk Studies. I realized that systematic books for good education were missing. Nowadays the books consist of five levels (introduction, basics, beginners, intermediate and advanced level). The teacher can choose the proper books for their students. However, analysing the books showed that there are serious problems concerning the content and the level. In the same book some problems are too easy, others are too difficult. Like this it is not proper material for students, as it doesn't make students and teachers interested in Baduk.
I recognized, that systematic books are needed. During teaching and studying I collected material and published this book series to help children learning Baduk easily step by step. Even if the composition is not perfect, I hope my effort will help to develop Baduk education.
March, 2008 LEE Jae-Hwan
017 1. How to Play Dansu (review)
022 2. Direction to Drive Stones
032 3. Good and Bad Move
038 4. Approach, Enclose and Extend
052 5. Heart Ladder
058 6. Net (review)
064 7. Make False and Real Eyes
070 8. Snapback (review)
076 9. Continuous Dansu and Chokchoksu
082 10 Don't Capture False eye Stones
092 11 2 Birds With 1 Stone & Inside First
098 12. Attach? Bend! Bend? Extend!
104 13. Good and bad Shape
110 14. Reduce key Stones First
116 15. Life by Vital Point First
122 16. Death by Vital Point first
128 17. Dual Life
136 18. Connecting Moves
142 19. Endgame
148 20. How to Answer
152 Level Test